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Applied Physics

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English (100%)
24 months
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Program description

Apply yourself in one of the oldest sciences: physics. Gain fundamental insights into your own research field while honing your research skills.

A great deal of the work done by physicists is not immediately visible. But without recent breakthroughs in physics, the cellular phone and the laptop would have been power-guzzling machines that weigh a ton and lab-on-a-chip technology would still be science-fiction. These are only two examples of the enormous number of research fields where applied physicists work. Do you also want to be involved in high-profile developments? Are you interested in physical phenomena, scientific principles and their applications? Then Applied Physics (APH) is the programme for you.

Applied Physics is rooted in the fundamental truths and basic laws that describe the world around us. You will focus on using scientific principles in practical devices and systems, and on the application of physics in other fields.

Applied Physics will expand your knowledge of physics, providing deeper insights into the specific field of research you choose to focus on. You will have the opportunity to tailor your programme to suit your individual interests. The Physics faculty at the UT is one of the best in the world: you will benefit from cutting edge high-tech lab facilities while enjoying the human touch of a small-scale programme.

The Applied Physics program is rooted in the fundamental truths and basic laws that describe the world around us. The experiment is the primary means through which we discover more about that world. We focus on the utilization of scientific principles in practical devices and systems, and on the application of physics in other areas of science. This master's degree expands your knowledge of physics, providing deeper and fundamental insights into the research field you choose to focus on. In addition, there is a strong focus on providing you with the important practical skills you need to successfully perform experiments.

A graduate of the Applied Physics program is able to conduct pure and applied scientific research in the broad field of physics; to design and realise measurement methods and instrumentation; to model physical systems and instrumentation for industrial applications; to keep up with, evaluate and integrate international literature into their own work and to break through the frontiers of existing technologies.

Applied Physics Tracks

The Applied Physics program allows students to study one of 3 tracks.

Fluid Physics
The fascinating phenomena that are encountered in liquids and gases, from the almost mathematical beauty of a droplet falling from a tap to the chaos of large-scale turbulence, have long challenged and continue to challenge some of the world’s finest physicists, mathematicians and engineers.

Fluid Physics is a key discipline in solving many issues at the forefront of the technological development of society. Future challenges for Fluid Physics range from large-scale phenomena such as fully developed turbulence in single and multiphase flow, through mesoscale phenomena like the behaviour of particles, bubbles, (bio-)polymers and even living cells within a flow, to the distinct mechanics of gases and liquids in the world of nano- and microfluidics.

All of these challenges have a direct link to socially relevant issues such as flight safety, sustainable energy and greenhouse gases, lab-on-a-chip appliances for the synthesis and detection of substances in small quantities, processing and mixing of granules in the pharmaceutical industry, ink jet printing, biofluids, and biomedical applications, to name just a few.

Materials Physics
To optimize properties for given applications, it is important to understand and control the materials from the atomic to the macroscopic scales. In addition to the intrinsic properties of materials, the physical and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces are of particular interest, while materials in reduced dimensions are of more general interest. These often differ qualitatively from the corresponding bulk properties. Active control of artificial structures, such as multilayers and nanostructures, opens unparalleled and practically inexhaustible opportunities for tailoring properties of new materials.

This specialization covers the entire spectrum, ranging from a basic understanding of the relationship between physical properties, structure and chemical composition of (structured) materials, through strategies to control material on nanometre scales toward the development of devices with novel, pre-designed functionalities. All these aspects are addressed in lectures about systematic trends in the physics of a number of classes of materials, current developments and novel advanced materials.

Optics and Biophysics
Generating, manipulating and trapping photons and completely controlling their propagation and emission will have far-reaching consequences in a wide variety of scientific fields in physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. It will give rise to quantum improvements in technologies that will be vital to our future society, such as efficient lighting, solar energy conversion, medical imaging, high-speed information networks. Such control of photons is not science fiction, but is the focus of advanced optics and the emerging area of nanophotonics. Here light is manipulated by dielectric, metallic, molecular, and (non-linear) optical structures down to the nanoscale.

The Optics and Biophysics specialization is the result of a unique alliance between renowned research groups. The specialization offers you the opportunity to learn about and work on fundamental problems and cutting-edge applications in photonics and optical biophysics. We are involved in aspects of optics that range from fundamental quantum physics to studying life processes and the creation of industrial devices.

Applied Physics Related Programs

Besides the MSc Applied Physics, University of Twente offers a range of other Natural Sciences related programs such as the Applied Mathematics Master

See which programs are related to the MSc Applied Physics

Applied Physics Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Applied Physics, will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at the University of Twente

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Applied Physics MSc program.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

More information about the University of Twente

Admission requirements

Professional experience

Not required, but extensive experience could reduce the duration of the programme.

Academic degree

BSc with honours, or high marks in (applied) physics, electrical engineering, chemical engineering from an internationally acknowledged university.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL internet based: 90

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